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Halitosis--Bad breath information for Chicago, Wheaton GlenEllyn and Naperville Patients

Posted Jan 07 2009 4:29pm

Here’s a subject I haven’t written about for awhile! But it is very important.  How many times have you encountered someone with bad breath?  Or worse yet, felt (or been told!!!) that you have bad breath!  Medically- we call this halitosis. 

There are many causes of halitosis- but the most common (and and one of the worse smelling) involve the production of compounds called VSC’s, or volatile sulfur compounds.  A very common example of VSC’s is the hydrogen sulfide produced form rotten eggs. 

And the worse culprit (for humans) is the gases and resultant bad breath from periodontal disease.  The second worse cause—decomposing old food “stuck” on the rough surface on the back of the tongue and between the teeth (thinks floss).  There are additional causes such as uncontrolled diabetes, food by-products, and metabolic disorders, but dentally related factors contribute to about 95% of the common bad breath problems.  Do know experienced dental professionals can often tell if someone has periodontal disease or poor oral hygiene just by their breath?

Professional cleanings from the hygienist can remove stubborn deposits and determine how effective your oral hygiene is at removing bacteria daily.  Be cautious of using mouthwash—some with too much alcohol dry the mouth and actually cause a rebound growth of anaerobic bacteria (bad!) and are just a mouth “deodorant.”  Tongue scrappers can remove bacteria from the back of tongue.  Best—see the hygienist for professional care and consultation!

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